Apodixis (a-po-dix’-is): Proving a statement by referring to common knowledge or general experience.

What? I did not try to run your mother over with my lawn tractor yesterday. The grass was wet and she was running in front of it when she slipped and fell.  It was broad daylight.  The whole family was watching, laughing, and cheering her on. Do you really think I would run over my beloved mother-in-law on purpose, on the lawn, right there in front of everybody? My God, she’s your mother!

Come on dear, cheer up–let’s put those burgers on the grill and have another gin and tonic. What’s done is done. May she rest in peace.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

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